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Top things to do in Covent Garden with the family

Covent Garden is a great place to take the kids

If you're planning to take the kids to the fun-filled Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, you will probably have some time to explore the wider area of Covent Garden. One of London's most popular tourist hotspots, this part of the city is packed full of things to see and do.

We have put together a short list of some of the highlights for families; why not see if you can enjoy one or two during your visit to the May Fayre?

Explore Covent Garden Piazza
Covent Garden Piazza is a firm favourite with tourists. Its mix of excellent shops and interesting markets makes it plenty of fun for families to look around, though you may find the little ones clamouring for a souvenir or two! Particularly good for browsing tourists are the Apple Market stalls, which sell all kinds of interesting crafts. The kids will be captivated!

But there's more to do in Covent Garden Piazza than shop. In fact, this part of London is famous for its amazing buskers and street performers, who offer everything from opera singing to circus skills. Plus, it costs nothing to watch them at work (though a donation is always polite!).

Visit London Transport Museum
Another brilliant option for families is London Transport Museum, which is right on the piazza. This museum not only tells the story of the capital's public transport history, including all its iconic designs, but also has a brand new play area designed for kids aged 7 and under.

Called All Aboard, this family play zone gives children the chance to exercise their imaginations. They can repair a mini tube train, hop into the driver's seat of a real bus, make service announcements and much more.

Enter a land of chocolate at M&M's World
A few steps away at Leicester Square is a shop that will have kids squealing with joy: M&M's World. This huge store is a chocolate lover's dream, and with its mix of sweet treats and toys, it could hardly be more exciting for children.

Come here to browse all kinds of themed merchandise, including T-shirts, mugs and stuffed toys. Of course, there are plenty of chocolate treats to buy too!

Treat yourself to a pancake at My Old Dutch
If you want to take the kids out for a fun lunch or dinner before or after visiting the May Fayre, My Old Dutch is the perfect choice. Located on High Holborn, this restaurant has been running since the 1950s and has a brilliant kids menu.

Its main offering is traditional pancakes with everything from traditional toppings such as lemon and sugar to more exotic combinations, but there are plenty of other options too.

Covent Garden is easy to reach from the Royal Garden Hotel. Either take the Circle Line from High Street Kensington to South Kensington, then the Piccadilly Line to reach Covent Garden, or hop on the number 9 bus.

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